A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-07
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousnessfeatures essays and poems by Cherr#xED;e L. Moraga, one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, and queer, indigenous activism and scholarship. Combining moving personal stories with trenchant political and cultural critique, the writer, activist, teacher, dramatist, mother, daughter, comadre, and lesbian lover looks back on the first ten years of the twenty-first century. She considers decade-defining public events such as 9/11 and the campaign and election of Barack Obama, and she explores socioeconomic, cultural, and political phenomena closer to home, sharing her fears about raising her son amid increasing urban violence and the many forms of dehumanization faced by young men of color. Moraga describes her deepening grief as she loses her mother to Alzheimer#x19;s; pays poignant tribute to friends who passed away, including the sculptor Marsha G#xF3;mez and the poets Alfred Arteaga, Pat Parker, and Audre Lorde; and offers a heartfelt essay about her personal and political relationship with Gloria Anzald#xFA;a. Thirty years after the publication of Anzald#xFA;a and Moraga#x19;s collection This Bridge Called My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga#x19;s literary and political praxis remains motivated by and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her identity as Chicana lesbian. Yet aspects of her thinking have changed over time. A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousnessreveals key transformations in Moraga#x19;s thought; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical depth of her work; her views on contemporary debates about citizenship, immigration, and gay marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. It is a major statement from one of our most important public intellectuals.

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Cherre L. Moraga is an award-winning playwright, poet, essayist, and activist.

Table of Contents

Drawingsp. xiii
Prologo: A Living Codex xv
Agradecimientos xix
A Xicana Lexiconp. xxi
Existo Yo
A XicanaDyke Codex of Changing Consciousnessp. 3
From Inside the First World: On 9/11 and Women-of-Color Feminismp. 18
An Irrevocable Promise: Staging the Story Xicanap. 34
Warring Inside
What Is Left of Usp. 49
MeXicana Bluesp. 51
Weapons of the Weak: On Fear and Political Resistancep. 54
California Dreamingp. 73
Cuento Xicanop. 76
Indígena as Scribe: The (W)rite to Rememberp. 79
The Altar of My Undoingp. 97
Salt of The Earth
Aguas Sagradasp. 105
And It Is All These Things That Are Our Grief: Eulogy for Marsha Gómezp. 107
Poetry of Heroism: A Tribute to Audre Lorde and Pat Parkerp. 111
The Salt That Cures: Remembering Gloria Anzalduap. 116
The Price of Beans
South Central Farmersp. 133
The Other Face of (Im)migration: In Conversation with West Asian Feministsp. 135
Floricantop. 146
Modern-Day Malinchesp. 148
What's Race Gotta Do With It? On the Election of Barack Obamap. 151
This Benighted Nation We Name Home: On the Fortieth Anniversary of Ethnic Studiesp. 163
Still Loving in the (Still) War Years: On Keeping Queer Queerp. 175
Epilogo: Xicana Mind, Beginner Mindp. 193
Appendix: Sola, Pero Bien Acompañada: The Art of Celia Herrera Rodríguezp. 201
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 237
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